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seanachai
2005-04-01 17:02:17
Simon

Would you consider adding a summit in the Comeraghs? Knockaunapeebra, 726 metres, S313097.
CaptainVertigo
2005-04-01 00:32:26
"Verbinden Sie uns bitte in Knockpasheemore!!" from CaptainVertigo Expand pics
Verbinden Sie uns bitte in Knockpasheemore!! (Expand pics)
So sind Sie an den irischen Bergen interessiert! Wir begrüßen Sie, liebe Freunde, zu unserer bescheidenen Web site. Wir laden Sie ein, zu unserer kleinen Insel zu kommen und Weg mit uns auf ihrem hohen Land.Here finden Sie Frieden! Hier finden Sie Einsamkeit! Hier finden Sie Gedächtnisse zum Letzten Ihr ganzes Leben.
Bleck Cra
2005-03-31 17:14:57
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Cra's Nest (Expand pics)
Chilly? Take a large rucksac and the bare minimum for a night on the hill. Tent - check. Sleeping bag - check. Lamp ….. and so on. Kenwood mixer - check. Bind yourself in and lit out up the Glen River for the grassy platforms pre the Pots. In minutes you will be praying for frostbite. Last time Cra was toting kit this size, he was off to fight for Franco. Now, remember the physics of bearing a small village on your shoulders. Lean slightly forward and it will bury you, teeth first, in the bog. In rivers, it will hold you under until drowned. But my favourite is fences. Gravity meets centrifugal force and suddenly it whips you ‘round like a nite-club bouncer; you hang on until the fence unpicks itself and encases you in a cocoon of barbed wire - this way it’s easier for the farmer to find and shoot you. She’s a Commedagh, but not accommodating (apologies) and in porridge-thick mirk as anyone who trawls her northern slopes knows, the only guide is “down”, best declining the Pots’ own version. But pitch here and you’re truly lost. Need a visual - like a summit cairn and a compass bearing. So ascend an ever-increasing incline until it dawns in your fat head that you’re actually half way up the Pots and the same distance to your death. Come off and effect a wholly minging traverse to beneath The Saddle - sweat Alien style. Normal ET 45 mins; as the Cra flies, three and a half hours. Pitch tent exposed and high enough to unnerve any do-badders and break free for a few hours amongst reluctant hills. Return and shift all night like a restless child between the soft bellies of gigantic parents.
johnvbrennan
2005-03-31 14:13:45
Folks, just came across the site now. I never knew it existed. You've done a great job. I love the way I can record what mountains I've climbed. I'll definitely be telling all my walking buddies in our club about this. I've added a link to mountainviews.ie to our club web site www.ballyhourabears.com and I look forward to adding my own 2 cent here in the near future.
Claude Hopper
2005-03-30 17:07:49
Bout ye MadFrankie? Your views on Hen and Cock are bang on. Both your pics show these articles in all their dullness. As for your slog up Cock Mountain, it is a slog. It's always wet, it's always mild and no one gets to the top without a lather..
Claude Hopper
2005-03-29 20:03:24
I have spent many years up hills, down hills, across bog and sometimes in it and have learnt and devised many tricks about making equipment safer and easier and I’d love to hear other tricks of the trade. So I’m going to kick off with gaiters (well you would). The easiest gaiters are zipped at the front and worth spending a bit more on, but be careful you don’t spend too much just because of a trendy brand. Putting on back-zipped gaiters might also put your back out. The best should go up to just below your knee with a bit of slack, but try them out because sizes can be very odd and XL can mean medium. Some have an annoying habit of coming unzipped and the tighter you make it, the more it unzips. So take the lace and thread it through the tab of the zip and then through a spring toggle. This tightens the gaiter and also keeps it up. Any more tricks of the trade ?
Bleck Cra
2005-03-29 19:29:52
"Newcastle: built on the back of these hills." from Bleck Cra Expand pics
Newcastle: built on the back of these hills. (Expand pics)
I am interested to read Captain Vertigo’s piece about access in Wicklow. It is balanced and careful. Of the case, I know only what he relates - but I have mountain-sized views on the subject. Too many of us opine that country access should be free and that it’s the mark of some foul, suppressive force, that it is not. Firstly “access” is our word for someone else’s road or through-route for ancient trade or communication. We are very late on the scene to be claiming it for ourselves. These great outdoors exist not for our spiritual uplift, but as real workplaces and vehicles to support the produce of hard-working and frequently put-upon farmers; and we need to be heart thankful for the opportunity to “borrow” them. Incidentally, anyone who thinks they can claim access as a RIGHT from PJ Giles by shouting and flapping placards will quickly be disabused of the notion. I grew up in Scotland’s agricultural heartland - Galloway and I know that breed of farmer and landowner to have a business mind that makes the sharpest suit look like Wilkins Micawber, but it needs none of that acumen to calculate that if it makes money, you can “advance friend”; if it costs money you must “retreat foe”. So what has happened in the Wicklow Hills? Have we been crapping in our own nest? I ask because there is nothing in CV’s piece (or perhaps not anywhere) that tells us why the council were (if not still) en route to closing/re-defining these “ways”. There are only 2 suspects: no profitable friends or too many costly foes. In the Mourne Mountains everyone loves the hillwalkers - because in the towns they spend a fortune and some of that goes back amongst the sugar lumps in Sweeney’s pocket.
AidanB
2005-03-29 11:45:52
All is well, I reset everything and lo and behold it was spot on. Not sure what was wrong but it's better now (won't throw out the Sheet 56 just yet though).
CaptainVertigo
2005-03-29 00:29:47
"Pat Vance, F.F.,Wicklow County CouncilWicklow County CouncilEmail: PVance@wicklowcoco.ie" from CaptainVertigo Expand pics
Pat Vance, F.F.,Wicklow County CouncilWicklow County CouncilEmail: PVance@wicklowcoco.ie (Expand pics)
In mid March 2005 Wicklow County Council agreed to delete a total of 33 existing access routes (including some of the best-known walking routes in the county) from the county development plan.

A special policy committee on planning chaired by Fianna Fail's Pat Vance will make its final report by June when it is expected that the majority of these routes may be inserted back into the development plan
Cllr Vance told council members that a great deal of good work had been achieved since the committee was set up last year and that the vast majority of landowners and interested parties involved were willing to deal with the council in a spirit of cooperation.

'We are consulting with a number of groups and have reached 95 per cent agreement on four to six of the 33 routes already. The major issue that keeps coming up is insurance and maintenance of access routes,' Cllr Vance said.

'We have discussed this with the law agent and reckon we could handle both of those issues which is a big break through. Of course, the insurance and maintenance will only be provided on agreed access routes,' he said.

Cllr Vance acknowledged that a number of difficulties would have to be overcome if all routes were to be agreed upon, but if those involved applied the same attitude as those already spoken to, then Cllr Vance was relatively confident that the majority could be agreed upon by June.

'We are approaching this in the way of partnership and agreement and are not trying to foist access routes on people who do not want them.'

The access routes had initially come before the council last July and were included in the plan by council management much to the annoyance of some councillors.

Proposing their omission from the development plan, Independent Cllr Christopher Fox said a lot of misinformation had been bandied about in relation to the access routes. 'I would like to remove them from the plan and let the committee get on with its job,' he said.

Glendalough based Cllr Pat Casey said the matter needed to be resolved from a tourism point of view. He stated that three other routes not included in the original list of 33 should also be excluded from the development plan.

'There is no point treating these three routes any differently and we should remove them also,' he said. However, this proposal was later rejected by the acting county manager, Bryan Doyle who said that only the routes that had been advertised could be removed from the development plan at this stage.

Meanwhile, Cllr Pat Doran said he was delighted with the progress that had been made to date but argued that a proper code of conduct would have to be introduced to protect both the rights of walkers and those of landowners. 'Without a proper code of conduct we will not get the agreement of landowners,' he claimed. Acting council chairman, Andrew Doyle of Fine Gael echoed the comments of his colleagues by saying a great deal of progress had been made on the issue in recent months.

'I was hesitant about this variation coming forward but I hope that up to 20 of the routes can be put back in by June,' he said.

'They may be called something else but we are hopeful that we can get agreement on them. 'The committee that has been set up is dealing with this in a positive manner and there is a willingness by all concerned to address this in a positive manner,' Cllr Doyle concluded.

The matter was put to a vote and the deletion of the 33 access routes from the county development plan was carried 13 votes for, two against.http://www.wicklow.ie/planning/devplan%20maps/map12B.jpg
csd
2005-03-25 18:30:23
Aidan, I've never had the problem you describe with my Garmin eTrex. One thing you could try is updating the firmware, in case there is some strange bug in the software on your unit. New versions of the units' software are available from the Garmin website.


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in yer pants ....
BleckCra a day ago.
I turn my attention to mountainviews.ie. So much for focus.I see that its English translation of Irish hill names remains - and in remaining, (for the Mountains of Mourne at least) .... , remains ...

  
Summit Comment
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sandman a day ago.
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Summit Comment
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sandman a day ago.
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Track
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Onzy 2 days ago.
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Summit Comment
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sandman a day ago.
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Onzy 2 days ago.
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sandman a day ago.
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Go easy on Gates
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Summit Comment
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sandman a day ago.
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